Independence man charged in shooting death of girlfriend - KCTV5

Independence man charged in shooting death of girlfriend

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

An Independence man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Sean W. Ray, 41, faces first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

Ray called Independence police shortly after noon Saturday and said he had just accidentally shot his girlfriend, Kari Jean Tabor, 46, in the stomach at his home in the 1900 block of South Norton Ave.

He told police that he did not think there was a round of ammunition in the rifle and that it was "just a .22," court record state.

When officers arrived, authorities noticed that Ray had an odor of alcohol on his breath, and his words were also slurred.

Police said his blood alcohol concentration was .222 percent, four hours after reporting the shooting to authorities.

Ray told detectives that he was cleaning the gun in the upstairs bedroom when his girlfriend was yelling at him about $56.75, using the money to buy dog food and cat litter.

She was packing the home because they had a few days to move out, according to court records.

As the argument continued, Ray told detectives that he turned toward his girlfriend and intentionally pointed the gun at her.  Ray told police that the gun went off and he immediately called 911.

His girlfriend was transported to an area hospital where she later died.

Prosecutors requested a cash bond of $75,000.

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